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Hope set on trip to South Pacific

Submitted PhotoHope Hendericks helps her mother plant flowers at home. Hendericks has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was in the third grade. Now she has a chance to travel to the Pacific South West to meet and mingle with people in the field. She just needs a little help coming up with the money.

PARACHUTE – Seventh-grader Hope Hendericks aims to go to the South Pacific this summer. But she’ll need help getting there.People to People Student Ambassadors, an international organization that takes groups of students overseas for cultural experiences, selected Hope for a trip to New Zealand. The program will cost more than $6,000, and she’ll have to pay for the trip in full before the end of April.

She’s almost there. Area businesses have donated more than $4,000 to help Hope.”I just need a little more,” Hope said. “I would like money to buy souvenirs, but right now we’re just trying to get enough so I can go.” For almost four years, Hope has wanted to be a marine biologist when she grows up. Hope’s mother, Trena, didn’t think they would be able to send Hope to New Zealand.

“But when we heard more about the trip and they said she would meet marine biologists and learn about marine biology, I almost started to cry,” Trena said.Hope first became interested in marine biology after she wrote a report on the bottlenose dolphin when she was in the third grade.”The dolphin is my favorite animal, and I really wanted to know why I liked it,” Hope said.

She has researched the Great Barrier Reef and South Pacific waters since she was chosen for the People to People trip.She is looking forward to meeting marine biologists on the trip and exploring the water.”We get to go on adventures while we’re there,” Hope said. “We get to go swimming and scuba diving.”

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